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Veerle Poupeye

Jamaican painter and sculptor. A self-taught mystic and visionary, unknown until the late 1960s, he drew his artistic inspiration from a very personal interpretation of two Afro-Christian Jamaican cults, Rastafarianism and Revivalism. His imagery developed through meditation and techniques similar to the automatism of the Surrealists. The curious limestone formations found in Jamaica frequently served as a source of inspiration, as in ...

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Brazilian, 20th century, male.

Born 1944, in Cuiaba (Mato Grosso).

Painter, sculptor. Religious subjects, figures, scenes with figures, local scenes. Designs for tapestries.

Figueiredo paints in a picturesque style, in bright but harmonious colours, showing scenes of daily life or imaginary scenes; he also sculpts papier mâché figures of people in movement. For many years his main source of inspiration was the town of Conservatoria in the state of Rio. He founded an open art studio for children....

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Chilean, 20th century, female.

Born 14 May 1914, in Siantago; died 15 March 2012.

Sculptor. Religious subjects, figures.

In 1934, Lily Garafulic enrolled at the school of fine arts in Santiago. She studied under Lorenzo Dominguez who, together with Julio Antonio Vásquez and Samuel Román, brought about a unique blossoming in Chilean statuary. In ...

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Chilean, 20th century, male.

Born 23 July 1907, in Valparaíso.

Sculptor, draughtsman, illustrator. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, portraits.

Nadzov had an exhibition of his drawings in Paris in 1933. He illustrated many books and produced portraits of prominent figures. His sculptures were inspired by subjects from antiquity and religion, and he created stage sets for ...

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Peruvian, 20th century, male.

Born 18 July 1925.

Sculptor, painter.

Jorge Piqueras held the chair of painting and sculpture at the Catholic University in Lima from 1953 to 1955. He also spent many years in Italy. His work was interrupted when he was sent to prison following a traffic accident. On his release in ...

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Santos  

James Cordova and Claire Farago

Term that refers to handmade paintings and sculptures of Christian holy figures, crafted by artists from the Hispanic and Lusophone Americas. The term first came into widespread use in early 20th-century New Mexico among English-speaking art collectors to convey a sense of cultural authenticity. Throughout the Americas, the term ...

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Colombian, 20th century, male.

Born 1924, in Risaralda; died 1998.

Painter, engraver, illustrator, sculptor, designer. Religious subjects, figures, scenes with figures. Frescoes, mosaics.

Tejada was a pupil at the Escuela Departamental de Artes Plásticas de Cali, and then at the Academia de Arte de Bogotá, where he worked under the direction of Alejandro Obregón. He received his diploma in ...

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Haitian, 20th century, male.

Born 16 September 1941, in Port-au-Prince.

Sculptor.

Patrick Vilaire was educated in the French school in Haiti and learnt Western techniques such as ceramics. A non-practising Catholic, he is not involved in voodoo, but is very attached to local myths and in ...

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Vittoz  

Peruvian, 19th century, male.

Sculptor (bronze). Religious subjects.

Sydney: Laocoön (bronze); Flood (bronze)

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Uruguayan, 20th century, male.

Born 6 September 1891, in Montevideo.

Sculptor, painter.

The son of the Romantic poet, Juan Zorrilla de San Martin who wrote of the exploits of the heroes of Uruguayan independence and defended the Catholic cause in his writings, José Luis gained a solid artistic training. His taste led him towards classical art. His paintings and sculptures are inspired by ancient art and do not conform to modern styles. He won a prize at the Salon des Artistes Français for his contribution ...

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Guatemalan, 18th century, male.

Active in Guatemala from 1712 to 1737.

Sculptor.

Evaristo Zuniga sculpted his Christ Carrying the Cross now in the church of La Merced in Guatemala.